Some days you have it, some days you don’t

So, I got my ass handed to me at Crossfit tonight, but before I get into that let’s discuss what’s going on:

Today was my first day back at school. Tomorrow is my first day with kids. I couldn’t fall asleep last night because of these facts (and I probably won’t tonight either).

To make the most of the situation I am waking up to meet my friend Maureen for a run at 5:30. Running (or working out) with a friend on school mornings is one of my favorite ways to start the day, but I lost my motivation to wake up that early a long time ago. Tomorrow will be my first attempt in a long time to workout before school. Wish me luck!

This morning I headed to school around 6:45am to get some work done before my 9am teacher’s meeting. While I was being productive as I could be after a summer off, I munched on a waffle-pb-& banana sandwich and sipped a french vanilla iced coffee.

I only needed to be in school until 12:00 so I didn’t pack a snack, water, or a lunch. Bad idea. I was there putzing around until a little after 4. I was so hungry, but I figured I could eat my Clif bar (per usual) and be all set to go for class tonight. Boy was I wrong.

WOD: The Seven

7 rounds

  • 7 hand stand push ups (modified on 24 inch box)
  • 7 thrusters (65lbs, John wanted me to try more but I stuck with what I had)
  • 7 knees to elbows (I did them for real this time!)
  • 7 dead lifts (105lbs)
  • 7 burpees
  • 7 kettlebell swings (18kg)
  • 7 pull ups (banded)

Ya- crazy right? And I was the only girl in class.
Nothing about my workout tonight was RX (as proscribed) which was a bummer. I just didn’t have it in me. Not eating lunch really did not set me up for success. (SIDE NOTE: I NEVER skip meals!) John, the trainer, really encouraged me to amp up my workout by adding weight to my thrusters and adding more depth into my hand stand pushups, but I just couldn’t.

Some days you have it, some days you don’t.

After my third round I started to feel a little light headed and dizzy. Oddly enough, I also felt extremely tired. Like, yawning while I was doing pull ups tired. Weird? Not so much, you’ve got to give your body enough fuel and I most definitely did not.

I did 14 reps into my 4th set and stopped. Total time: 24 minutes-ish.

I sat, got water, and put my stuff away. John and I chatted for a sec about diet. He is a pretty smart guy and seemed to think I may need to eat differently to get more energy. He immediately knew I didn’t eat enough which is why I had such a hard time. That’s one thing I love about Avalon Crossfit, no shame needs to be felt over a bad night. All the trainers know so much that they give advice instead of passing judgement. Of course I was upset with myself for wasting such a good workout though.

I never really thought about my diet and how it could impact (good or bad) my progress at Crossfit. I really enjoy wine and chocolate and eating how much of what I want, when I want, but he got me thinking. He suggested the Zone diet and showed me and article to read over. I printed it out and plan to read it over before bed tonight. I am not necessarily looking to change things up in my diet, but I am not opposed to it either. This summer has taught me I have no real self control when it comes to tasty beverages, pizza, and sugar. I work hard at Crossfit and wold love to see some more results- maybe this could help me see some?

IDK- now I am rambling…..

I’ve got teeth to brush and a face to wash before I park my butt in bed. I really want to not be a flake and cancel on my early morning run so I need to start the falling asleep process by 9:00pm. At least that’s my goal.

Have you ever decided to change up your diet? What brought you to the decision to do so? What successful changes have you made?



Good evening peeps!

Let me tell you, after a nice relaxing weekend in New Hampshire with a few lovely ladies I was up and rearing to go early(ish) this morning.  A post will follow about the weekend so for now let’s get to my Monday.

First off, I was hoping it would rain because I knew it would make me productive today.  Thank you Mother Nature.

I was up around 8:30, showered, had a huge bowl of oatmeal, and headed to my school to start beginning of school preparations.  Basically this included me sitting at my desk for a while (a loooong while) doing nothing.  Lots of ideas are swarming in my head about how I want to set up my math block (a full 90 minutes!).  Since I have taught a self-contained fourth grade class for the past four years (meaning I taught all subject areas), I am excited to be solely a MATH TEACHER.

The highlight (and breakthrough) of my day came when Amy sent me her procedures and policies she uses in her 8th grade algebra class.  Why reinvent the wheel I say!  I modified it to be fifth grade appropriate and called it a day.  THANKS AMY!


Around 4:30 I headed to BSC to meet Amy to work on shoulders and do some yoga.  Shoulders went smoothly with a quick 4-exercise circuit that included 3 sets of 10 reps of the following:

  • Circles using 5lb weights: Hold arms to your side and lift to shoulder height, make 10 small circles (front then back), 10 large circles (front to back), then hold weights at shoulder height in front and do 5 circles clockwise and counterclockwise.
  • front raises using 10lbs
  • arnold presses using 12.5lbs
  • upright row using 40lbs

I haven’t taken a yoga class since November but since my 10K training plan (which officially starts today) calls for Monday to be a “stretch and strength day” I figured yoga would be the best way to stretch.  Interestingly enough, my fav yoga teacher, who left a few weeks ago to move to DC, was subbing for the class.  SCORE!

I really enjoyed the Vinyasa style yoga because it was fast paced and kept me moving the entire time.  My wrists were definitely sore during any side-planks and downward dogs I did.  I noticed a huge difference in my strength and stamina to hold poses from my last class in November too.  Overall I was happy I did it and will take another class soon.


I headed to Jack’s house after to cook some dinner for him since he is busy finishing up some school work 🙂

Salads to start:

I always make his and hers salads:  hers has tomatoes, cucumbers, green olives, and croutons.  His has lettuce, pepperoni, and American cheese.  What can I say, I am a gourmet chef 😉 .  Both topped with Newman’s Own light balsamic vinaigrette.

I made Shake and Bake chicken with Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley.  I make the rice with chicken stock instead of water so it gives it a really nice flavor.

Healthy Living Blogs:

In other news, Want.Believe.Achieve has joined a new resource for the health blogging community on a site called Healthy Living Blogs.  It was created by Lindsey of Sound Eats. HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. If you’re interested in having your site listed on HLB, simply send the following information to and check the site out for yourself! (Thanks to HLB for this neat little blurb about the site!)

There are some really interesting healthy living blogs out there and what I like most about the HLB site is that I can search for new blogs to read by country and state.  I love finding other blogs to read from the Boston area!  Check it out!

Are you a blog reader?  If so, which blogs do you read?  If not, which aspect of a healthy living blog would interest you most: food, exercise, relaxation, spirituality?  Something else??

Well friends, I am going to sort through pictures from the weekend and get started on some catch-up posts.  Tomorrow I have a 2.5 mile run planned (possibly on the treadmill) and some strength training with legs to do before I head back into the classroom for day to of Operation Back to School.